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Think GPS monitoring devices are the answer for keeping track of the nations predators? You may want to think again.

GPS Sending Wrong Signal — No Signal

Tracking bracelets were supposed to make Southbury residents feel safe. Instead, they are sending the wrong signal – maybe even no signal at all.

In September, the GPS tracking system came under fire when the ankle bracelet worn by David Pollitt, a convicted serial rapist, malfunctioned. Residents who live in Pollitt’s Southbury neighborhood say the bracelets can’t be trusted.

“I don’t feel comfortable with it. It’s not reliable,” Cathy Baisch of Southbury said.

“There are so many cloaking devices and ways to run interference, not to mention the problems with the device’s construction,” said Matt Devan of Prospect.

In the state, 81 sex offenders are equipped with GPS monitoring bracelets like Pollitt’s. Neither the state, nor the company that makes them keeps count of the number of times they malfunction.

The executive director of administrative services for the judicial branch said the technology does “glitch” from time to time.

“Frankly, most of them are false alarms, things like low battery, GPS unit out of position, things like that,” said Thomas Siconolfi.

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In Gainesville, Fl. a father reported his son missing in attempt to receive assistance in finding his stolen motorcycle.

Deputies say man lied about son’s abduction to recover motorcycle

After two hours of searching, Alachua County deputies arrested a man they said faked his son’s abduction Wednesday so officers would conduct an intensive investigation for his missing motorcycle.

Deputies took Shawn Christopher Ivory, 37, away in handcuffs, alleging the man provided a false report that sent officers scrambling to find his allegedly missing 1-year-old. Ivory had claimed he was attacked by motorcycle thieves who abducted his child, the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office reported.

“His thinking was if they thought my child was missing, there would be a more intensive search than for the motorcycle,” said Sheriff’s Office spokesman Art Forgey.

In Lancaster, Ca. a woman apparenetly had a more sinister motive regarding her child.

Mother charged in killing of 18-month-old daughter

Emma Leigh Barker’s body was found in Sylmar. Authorities think it is likely she was suffocated.
Stacy Barker told authorities she was knocked out and her daughter abducted from a park in Lancaster. The girl had been suffocated hours before Barker contacted authorities, detectives say.

An Antelope Valley mother who alleged that an attacker knocked her out and abducted her 18-month-old daughter is believed to have suffocated the girl hours earlier and dumped her body in Sylmar, detectives said Monday.

Stacey Barker, 24, was charged with one count each of murder, assault on a child causing death, and child abuse in the death of Emma Leigh Barker, authorities said.

“At this point, as best as we can determine, the infant died through suffocation at the hands of the mother,” said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Pat Nelson. “After her third or fourth version of events, we knew she wasn’t telling the truth, and we were able to determine what happened. At this point, we believe she acted alone.”

A road less traveled

In a previous post, residents of MAYVILLE, Wis. expressed their displeasure with an early morning wake up call concerning a possible missing child. However, it hasn’t deterred Congress from trying to expand the use of these systems.

Ironically, while this technology has proven successful in locating missing children, Congress remains opposed to other technologies such as digital billboards.

Congressman Ron Klein weekly report

This week, Congressman Ron Klein joined with Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) to introduce legislation to bring missing children home safely. The bill, the A Child Is Missing Alert and Recovery Center Act, fills a critical void in time when authorities search for a missing child, senior citizen or adult with disabilities.

The legislation builds on the work of a South Florida non-profit, A Child Is Missing, which utilizes the latest technology to place thousands of immediate, emergency phone calls after a disappearance. By acting in the first critical minutes after a child is abducted, lost or runs away, this program has brought hundreds of children home safely.

 

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“The road to hell…”

As the saying goes, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions”. His intentions may be pure but why he chose this specific missing child case is baffling.

U.S. Representative Alan Grayson of Florida wants $500,000 from Congress to establish a missing-child program in Orlando named in memory of Caylee Anthony. The money would benefit “A Child is Missing“, a Fort Lauderdale non-profit which offers a rapid-response telephone system to alert communities when someone is missing. It is available to law-enforcement across the country search for missing children, elderly or disabled people.

What is odd is that their system would not have aided in the recovery of murdered Caylee. After being missing for five weeks, her grandmother Cindy Anthony reported her disappearance to police following discussions with Casey, the child’s mother. Casey has since been charged with her death.

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Today on the Oprah Show  she made this plea for funding support for the “Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Protection Act of 2006″.

The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act was passed on July 25, 2006—20 years after Adam Walsh’s abduction. The act established a National Sex Offender Registry law, but recent news reports reveal most states will not be in compliance with the law by the upcoming July 2009 deadline. If senators and state representatives don’t comply with and fully fund the act, it will expire.

Sample Letter

 List of  Senators  and  State Representatives

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Exoneration and confirmation

Everyone hears the stories of people imprisoned or on death row freed by DNA test results. What happens when the DNA is right but the allegedly innocent convict is wrong?

DNA tests on inmates sometimes proved they were guilty

“We’re obviously not going to put out a press release when we ask for DNA tests for somebody and it comes back nailing them,” said Rob Warden, executive director of the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Chicago’s Northwestern University School of Law. “It’s not news when the criminal justice system operates the way it’s supposed to.”

It is important to note that theses statistics are only from tested inmates, but interesting none the less. The article doesn’t indicate if they were random tests or if other factors determined why these specific individuals were tested nor the specific crimes they committed.

In the last five years, The Innocence Project out of New York exonerated 43 percent of the inmates whose DNA it tested. But almost as many inmates — 42 percent — had their convictions confirmed. The tests couldn’t exclude them.

Authorities in SC are charging the ficticious victim with Unlawful Use of a Telephone, and Giving False Information to Law Enforcement-

MANNING, S.C.An 18-year-old woman is facing charges after telling her mother she was abducted, leading to an Amber Alert.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division said that Tajah Monique Hilliard, of Manning, S.C., sent her mother a text message saying two men had abducted her and were taking her to Georgia. Investigators determined that Hilliard actually drove her own car to Columbia to spend the day with friends.

If convicted, both offences are a misdemeanor punishable up to thirty (30) days in jail and/or fines